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Celebrating Pride: LGBTQ+ Community in China & Taiwan

June 29, 2023

Contrasting LGBTQ+ Landscapes in China and Taiwan

Attitudes towards LGBTQ+ individuals in China and Taiwan have evolved in different ways. In China, progress has been slow, with a history of criminalization and stigmatization. While homosexuality was decriminalized in 1997, LGBTQ+ individuals still face discrimination, violence, and limited rights. However, there are signs of change, especially among younger generations and businesses. OutChina, founded by USC alum Mengjue "Ashley" Jiang, illuminates the LGBTQ+ community in China, promoting visibility and empowering marginalized voices. Taiwan, on the other hand, has seen more rapid progress. In 2019, Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage. Public attitudes have also become more accepting, and Taiwan has a thriving LGBTQ+ community with events like the Taiwan Pride parade. Additionally, a growing number of LGBTQ+ characters are depicted on screen in Taiwan. Overall, LGBTQ acceptance is growing, but legal change in China may require action from the government. 

LGBTQ+ Hardships in Chinese Society

The story of Gaoyan, a Chinese student who died by suicide after enduring discrimination based on his sexual orientation, reveals the difficulties experienced by the LGBTQ+ community in China. This tragic incident draws comparisons to the case of Yeh Yung-Chih in Taiwan, whose death prompted significant changes in gender education and activism. There remains significant progress that needs to be made for the Chinese government, media and society to fully embrace the LGBTQ+ community. Read Martin Li’s article on the topic here.

Summer Online Book Club Explores East Asian Cultures

Over the course of Chinese civilization, calligraphy has become a distinctive treasure of the nation's culture. It is not only used to communicate on paper but also serves as a representation of Chinese culture's ideological wisdom and spirituality. Step into the captivating world of calligraphy and explore the Chinese culture by joining our summer book club adventure about the children's literature Eighteen Vats of Water. Open to educators and librarians. Register now to secure your complimentary copy of "Eighteen Vats of Water.”


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